(Oakland) Today we begin day one of a four part series on the upcoming Riverside Bond Issue vote. Today’s focus will be on the need for an updated building.
Riverside’s current high school was built over 80 years ago. Superintendent Jim Sutton says it has served the district very well for many years, but it is now outdated.
"In my opinion, there are a number of reasons why its not the best. First of all, improvements that need to be made a majority of the instructional area is a 1930's building. It has the limitations that you would expect a building of that age to have as far as infrastructure is concerned and we have electrical needs I think that are greater than what that building is able to do for us."
Sutton admits repairs could be made, but with the boiler and roof needing replaced plus several other upgrades on the wish list, the price tag, according to one architect estimate, would come at $11 million.
"That did not include a second gym which we feel we need. It did not include improvements to our athletic complex which we feel we need. It was questionable as far as whether or not it was a good approach as far as additional parking which we need badly. It would just not give us much flexibility to grow or consolidate our buildings in the future which we would have with a new building."
Another estimate came in at $12.5 million which did include a second gym but with no idea as to where it could be located. Tomorrow we will take a look at the previous attempts and failures of the bond issue vote.